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Pokemon Championships Update!


Full details for the Pokemon Video Game Championships have been released!

The Requirements for Participation Are as following:

The 2011 Pokémon Video Game Championships will be played exclusively using legitimate Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version Game Cards.
  • Players at European events may only use European versions
  • Players at United States events may only use North American versions
  • Players at the World Championships may use any version
Players will compete in one of three age divisions, based on their dates of birth.
  • Junior Division: Born in 2000 or later
  • Senior Division: Born in 1996, 1997, 1998 or 1999
  • Masters Division: Born in 1995 or earlier
Tournament matches will take place via Infrared Connection. Players must provide their own Nintendo DS systems and Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version Game Cards and cannot share systems or Game Cards with another player at the event.
It is strongly recommended that players bring chargers for their Nintendo DS systems, as the tourament staff will not have chargers available for loan. Power outlets will be provided in the game play area.

How to Register for the Event:

All event registration will be handled on-site the day of each event. Players will be permitted to register on a first come, first served basis. Players in line are not guaranteed a competitor slot until they have completed registration.

To hasten the registration process, players must prepare their team prior to reaching the registration desk.
Each player must place 4-6 Pokémon in his or her Battle Box
  • See the Pokémon Restrictions section below for more information on which Pokémon are eligible for the tournament
  • Each Pokémon may hold no more than one item, which cannot be changed after registration

The Battle Rules 2011:

The tournament regulations that players will receive during registration will automatically enforce the following rules:
  • Prior to the start of the battle, the Pokémon on each player's team will be displayed to their opponent briefly. Moves and held items are not displayed
  • While viewing the Pokémon on their opponent's team, each player selects four Pokémon to use during the battle, and sends out two Pokémon at a time. The Pokémon that a player selects and the order of those Pokémon remains a secret until they are revealed during battle.
  • A 15-minute time limit for each match will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. If the outcome has not been determined by the end of the time limit, the game will automatically apply tiebreakers to determine a winner.
  • At the beginning of each turn, players will have 1 minute to select moves for both Pokémon, or the change Active Pokémon. If a player has not made his or her selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.

2011 Pokemon Restrictions:

Players may use Pokémon found in the Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version Unova Pokédex, from No. 001-148, and No. 151, that are caught in the game, or received by an official event or distribution. Pokémon from the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, or Sinnoh Pokédex cannot be used.
All Pokémon that are Level 51 or higher will have their level reduced to 50 for the duration of the battle with the following parameters:
  • Each Pokémon retains all of the moves that it knew before being auto-leveled
  • Pokémon that evolve after Level 50 do not devolve when auto-leveled
  • Pokémon below Level 50 remain at their actual level rather than being auto-leveled up to Level 50 for the battle
  • The Pokémon's stats are adjusted to what its Level 50 stats would be
A player's team may not contain two Pokémon with the same Unova Pokédex number
Each Pokémon on a player's team may use held items, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item during battle
  • Only items acquired in Pokémon Black Version or White Version, or received at an official Pokémon event or promotion, may be used
Players may not enter two Pokémon with the same nickname
Players may not enter a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon character (for example, an Unfezant nicknamed "Pidove")
Players found to have inappropriate/offensive Trainer names or Pokémon nicknames, as determined by the event staff, will be disqualified from the event.

Permitted Moves:

Pokémon may only use moves that have been learned through one of the following methods:
  • By leveling up
  • By TM or HM
  • As an Egg move, through breeding
  • From a character in the game
  • Already learned by a Pokémon that was received at an official Pokémon event or promotion
  • Pokémon cannot use the move Sky Drop during battle

Tournament Operation PDFs:


CLICK HERE to see even more info about where and when the championships are being held (For the US) as well what the prizes are!